From the Sestak campaign. If there’s heavy turnout in PA, that’s usually good news for the Dems:
Early reports from around the state indicate that voter turnout is running higher than expected as Pennsylvanians pick a new governor and U.S. Senator.
One poll watcher in the small Pittsburgh-area borough of Economy said Tuesday he’s seeing strong turnout, while the Morning Call of Allentown reported above normal interest in several Lehigh Valley wards.
Roger Kowal, a Democratic committee member in Economy, says 370 people had voted by noon in a single polling station, a surprisingly strong showing.
The Morning Call cited a Bethlehem district judge of elections, Craig Hynes, as calling turnout above normal with 66 voters before 7:45 a.m.
Gregory Spearman, a ward leader in heavily African American west Philadelphia, says turnout is pretty good in the two districts from which he had reports. [WCAU, http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/elections/2010/Early-Reports-Show-Strong-Turnout-in-Pa-Election-106531653.html]
“It was a busy morning here at Ward 9, Division 6. That’s the library here in Chestnut Hill. They had a line of voters waiting for them to open at 7 o’clock this morning. … a strong turnout for an off-year election like this. We’re hearing similar descriptions across the city … strong turnouts in Center City, strong turnouts in Germantown, Wynnefield, and South Philadelphia as well.” [WPVI, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YFkZ7hbfrY]
Turnout is “surprisingly high.” [Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/high-voter-turnout-urban-areas_n_777640.html]
59th Ward in Germantown, Philadelphia:
“My sense is people are coming out to vote. … In good numbers. … It’s a steady stream of folks.” [WPVI, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XA0SqHLDRY]
Lines Greet Eager Voters On Election Day
“One election judge in Shaler Township told Channel 4 Action News he was surprised at how long the lines were and that people were waiting at the front door before the polls opened.” [WTAE, http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/25603319/detail.html]
Voter Turnout Running Higher Than Expected
“Voter turnout is reportedly higher than normal, shocking polls workers across the Lehigh Valley area … the judge of elections, was seeing high interest in voting already a few minutes after polls opened at 7 a.m.” [Morning Call,http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-web-election-polls-20101102,0,6807746.story]
A “Dramatic Increase in the Number of Voters” — 3 Times the Norm
Wards 10 & 11: “Both wards say they are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of voters they usually see before noon … Another indication of how many voters, and the increase the wards are seeing … is the church bake sale. They usually have about three tables and it takes all day to sell them. Well, I tell ya what they are down to a table now. No worries, more cupcakes are coming.” [WFMZ,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYndhPYvHMc]
“Turnout was already ahead of normal. … High turnout in the city is normally a good sign for Dems.” [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/high-voter-turnout-urban-areas_n_777640.html]
“So far 200 voters in West Chester on campus. Larger than expected poll workers say.” [Dan Malloy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
So far, turnout in heavily-populated Delaware County is light, which means the Republican machine is not turning out the vote. Will that last all day? We’ll see.